ANC squashes the Scorpions

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

Now correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t the system of checks and balances ensure that a democracy functions to the fullest extent. I recall seeing news bulletins where the scorpions had successfully raided the office or home of a corrupt official. Africa in infamous for having corrupt leaders and South Africa was not immune. Our saving grace was the Scorpions who dug out those corrupt officials from their trenches.

The ANC used its majority in parliament to scrap the Scorpions. Only 63 MPs voted against the bill to scrap the crime fighting unit and a total of 252…yes 252 MPs voted for the Scorpions to be scrapped. What baffles me about this is that most of the corruption that was exposed by the Scorpions comes from ANC party members. People like Toni Yengeni and Jacob Zuma along with all the MPs implicated in the Travelgate scam are ANC members. Well then I suppose in this case it makes perfect sense why ANC MPs fear the Scorpions so.

After the disbandment of the Scorpions a new crime fighting unit chosen by the ANC will be in effect and it will fall under the South African Police Service. Opposition parties tried to sway disgruntled ANC MPs to vote against the disbandmentof the Scorpions. The IFP said that this decision was reckless and I have to agree.

This move just proves that there are more skeletons in the ANC closed and introducing a unit they are able to control will protect them from further investigation. This ‘new-age’ ANC has taken and undesirable route and has completely lost the essence of the party that fought for equality.

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Political whirlwind

This week has been a strange week for me, so much has been happening in the crazy and wonderful world of politics. I could not decide on once specific topic to write about this week. So much has been happening both here at home and in the US.

One thing that did catch my eye though was Special Assignment last nigh. They received footage of terminally ill inmates at Moderbee prison in Gauteng. The question that was posed in the programme was weather sick inmates should be granted medical parole or not. The Department of Correctional Services has been under pressure and do not want be appear lenient of offenders. I suppose it’s a double edged sward. On one hand the families of the inmates want to take care of their dying relatives in their last days. But I would imagine that the families of the victims of crime would want the perpetrators to serve their full sentences regardless. I think the humane thing is to let them die at home but then again I have not been a victim of violent crimes.

The prospects of and ANC split appear to be be gaining momentum as Lekota manages to round up mass support in the Eastern Cape, one of Zuma’s strong holds. The ANC has sent out a strong waring to its members that they will be disciplined if they are found mobilising for the opposition. The party says they are ‘disgusted’ by the level of political intolerance shown by members who were burning the ANC flag in the Free State. Party members have the rightt to choose which party they want to support. As long as no violent protests ensue I think that keeping the ANC on its toes will do the country a world of good if and when they win the 2009 elections.

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

The 10th of December is the third White Band Day to make the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

Poverty, civil war and political instability are words that are associated with Africa. Once there is political instability in causes a knock on effect leading to civil war which inevitably leads to poverty. I was directed the  blog action day 2008 website and where bloggers, podcasters and videocasters are encouraged to give their opinions about poverty.

The site talks bout the complexity of poverty- there is always an event that takes place in a country that leads to poverty. Many Black, Colourd and Indian South African still bear the brunt of apartheid. No other country in the world institutionalised racial segregation like South Africa did. This institutionalisation created great inequalities in education and general living conditions. The effects of that inequality can be witnessed today by looking at the great number of illiterate black South Africans which has had a cyclical effect on younger generations. A lack of education reduces ones prospects of employment.

Most African countries have seen their fair share of political turmoil. Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa but in recent years the political clashes between the MDC and Zanu PF have deteriorated the countries ability to sustain itself. Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai have been butting heads trying to adopt power-sharing deal.n the mean time Zimbabweans have fled the county in search of food aid. As a result of the ever increasing interest rates and shortage of food, the black market is booming.

The mistake that African leaders have made in their countries is abusing resources and  lining their own pockets instead of ensuring the well being of their fellow country men.

When Terror strikes

The South African flag represents a new democracy

The South African flag represents a new democracy

It has been a dramatic couple off weeks filled with death treats and hijackings but former defense minister, Mosiuoa ‘Terror’ Lekota says he is prepared to die to protect the country’s democracy. Now correct me if I’m wrong but this sounds frighteningly similar to Malema’s statement about taking up arms for Zuma.

Granted the ANC has been shaken up by Lekota’s boisterous attitude about forming a splinter party, but where does all this talk of violence come from. Have we not reached a point where political disagreements can be settled amicably without inciting violence.

Malema spoke of being willing to kill for Zuma and now Lekota says he is willing to die for democracy. The eminent split looked as though it was going to happen without any major hiccups, but the pulling and tugging between the ANC and Lekota is getting dirtier by the second.

The National Intelligence Agency has been commissioned by the ANC to conduct a surveillance operation to spy on high-profile ANC members who also plan to join Lekota’s cause. I am all for the formation of a new party, but I strongly oppose the way in which Lekota is going about it.

Where to from here?

So it looks like it has finally happened, there have been speculations about the possibility of a break-away party for weeks now. Former defense minister Mosiuoa Lekota announced that a conference of some sort would be formed where the next step will be determined.

The ANC of today is not nearly the same as the ANC of yesteryear. The ANC of Luthuli, Thambo, Sisulu and Mandela espoused the ideas of liberation from the shackles of the apartheid regime. The ANC of today is run by power hungry degenerates such as Julius Malema who was quoted as saying the ANCYL was prepared to kill if Zuma’s corruption charges were not dropped.

A statement such as this and the behaviour that was displayed at the Polokwane conference last year, where bottles were hurled at the ANCYL’s rivals indicates the type of governance the new ANC is introducing. With that said, a splinter party is the next best step. Lekota has been accused of being a counter revolutionary and for being a Mbeki supporter. He has also been praised for taking this step in order to ensure that democracy functions to its full potential.

Yes I agree that a new party will not be a political force, the new party will most probably not offer any alternative policies. The reason I am behind the new party is because the new leadership in the ANC has become arrogant and corrupted by power. History has shown that break-away parties from the ANC have never succeeded. The PAC formed by Robert Sobukwe is such a party and more recently the UDM formed by Bantu Holomisa. Even with these odds I say two thumbs up for a splinter party.

If Tutu won’t vote, who will?

Old ANC election campaign posters

Old ANC election campaign posters

I was walking past the newspaper stand at Pick n Pay yesterday to garner my weekly Sunday news papers. On the front page of the Sunday Times was the headline, ‘Tutu: Why I won’t vote’. I picked it up and attempted to glance at the article while I did the rest of my groceries. When I got home, I read the article and my initial reaction was, ‘yes I’m with you all the way’, but as I read on I realised how damaging this statement could be.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s argument is well grounded; he says he will not vote unless the rift within the ANC is mended, he goes on to say that Jacob Zuma should not accept office as president with allegations of corruption looming over his head. Tutu is regarded as one of the most respected elders in South Africa, although he makes a good argument his open refusal to vote could promote apathy among eligible voters.

As a prominent figure in South Africa, he should be encouraging citizens to cast their votes in the 2009 election in order for there to be a strong opposition to the ANC. If he won’t vote then who will? Voting is not just about casting ones vote for their party of choice, it’s about making sure that the country continues to function as a democratic state.

Since Thabo Mbeki’s resignation, along with several other high profile cabinet members, there has been talk of a splinter party being formed. I for one embrace the idea; the ANC does need a stronger opposition than the DA provides. The prospect of a splinter party is interesting and the idea seems to be gaining momentum. Lets see how this one plays out.

Obama says ‘I need you’

Barack Obama.

Vibe’s annual ‘Juice issue,’ which highlights people who the magazine says will change the world, is filled with musicians, actors, bloggers and leaders in other fields.For the first time, the 14-year-old publication features a politician on its cover: Barack Obama.

US presidential candidate Barak Obama never ceases to impress me, somehow he always manages to exceed my expectations. Unlike Thabo Mbeki he has successfully managed to reach the masses at a grass roots level and speak their language.

In a letter to VIbe magazine, he told readers that he is taking the country in a different direction and that he needs them to register to vote on 4 November. Vibe magazine is an urban hip hop magazine targeted at the African American youth. Obama has been featured twice on the cover, the first time being in September last year.

No other presidential candidate has ever appealed to the African American youth like Obama has. The number of endorsements that he has had from celebrities is astounding. He has taken the high browed nature of politics and made it more  appealing to young people like no one ever has.

Now going back to Vibe magazine. This magazine features hip hop artists had RnB stars on its covers,to have a politicaian on its cover indicates that the country is moving in the right direction. I for one am behind Obama for the mere fact that he is appealing to the people on the ground and taking them into consideration. Bill Clinton was also highly favoured by the urban youth of America but I think Obama is going to take it to the next level.